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Kammerer House demolition set for Monday

April 01, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

After an ongoing attempt to save the historic Kammerer House, demolition of the 1774 home is scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Anyone who wants to visit the house Friday or Saturday must notify Merle Elliott, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., by 5 p.m. today, he said. The foundation, also known as CHIEF, can be reached at 301-791-4932.

Visitation will be permitted between noon and 2 p.m. on Friday and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Elliott said.

The farmhouse, which was built by Johan Ludwig Kammerer, is on a half-acre lot in the Airport Business Park, surrounded by parking lots and buildings.

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To get to the Kammerer House take Pennsylvania Avenue north from Hagerstown and turn left onto Breeze Hill Drive. Then turn left onto Citicorp Drive and turn left onto an unpaved lane leading to the farmhouse, Elliott said.

Elliott said visitors can park along the lane, but not in Citicorp parking lots. Parking also will be available at the CHIEF office at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Henson Boulevard.

Demolition will start at 8 a.m., Elliott said. The private-public foundation owns the land, which Citicorp Credit Services wants to buy.

Citicorp officials don't have any immediate plans for the land, said spokesman Phil Kelly. But if the company wants to expand one day, it has no room to do so at its current site near the Pennsylvania state line, he said.

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